Lenten Mentoring 2013: Week 4

The BIG Idea : Grace is the gift of freedom.

The BIG Question: What is the nature of Christian freedom?

“This pattern points to a certain wonderful and startling conclusion.  It suggests that we might be justified in seeing these majestic birds as a beautiful and powerful image of divine grace. Free and sovereign grace. Like Bilbo and Frodo, you can only look up and receive it with a sigh of relief. You can only give thanks and shout, Hallelujah! when it swoops down to snatch you out of a hopeless impasse.”

From pages 60-61 of Finding God in the Hobbit by Jim Ware

Questions for Week 4 from Caring Conversation:

What is your understanding of God’s grace?

What do you think it means to be saved by grace?

How do you respond to that gift?

Lenten Mentoring 2013: Week 3

Consider the lyrics from Michael Jackson’s Man in the Mirror

I’m gonna make a change,
For once in my life
It’s gonna feel real good,
Gonna make a difference
Gonna make it right…

As I, turn up the collar on my
Favorite winter coat
This wind is blowin’ my mind
I see the kids in the street,
With not enough to eat
Who am I, to be blind?
Pretending not to see their needs
A summer’s disregard,
A broken bottle top
And a one man’s soul
They follow each other on
The wind ya’ know
‘Cause they got nowhere to go
That’s why I want you to know

I’m starting with the Man In The Mirror
I’m asking him to change his ways
And no message could have
Been any clearer
If you wanna make the world
A better place
(If you wanna make the
World a better place)
Take a look at yourself, and
Then make a change
(Take a look at yourself, and
Then make a change)
(Na na na, na na na, na na, na nah)

I’ve been a victim of a selfish kind of love
It’s time that I realize
That there are some with no
Home, not a nickel to loan
Could it be really me,
Pretending that they’re not alone?

A willow deeply scarred,
Somebody’s broken heart
And a washed – out dream
(Washed – out dream)
They follow the pattern of
The wind, ya’ see
Cause they got no place to be
That’s why I’m starting with me
(Starting with me!)

I’m starting with the Man In The Mirror
(Ooh!)
I’m asking him to change his ways
(Ooh!)
And no message could have
Been any clearer
If you wanna make the world
A better place
(If you wanna make the
World a better place)
Take a look at yourself and
Then make a change
(Take a look at yourself and
Then make a change)

I’m starting with the Man In The Mirror
(Ooh!)
I’m asking him to change his ways
(Change his ways – ooh!)
And no message could’ve
Been any clearer
If you wanna make the world
A better place
(If you wanna make the
World a better place)
Take a look at yourself and
Then make that…
(Take a look at yourself and
Then make that…)

Change!

From http://www.elyrics.net

Questions for Week 3:

What is your response to a “selfish kind of love”  or “make a change?”

How is being freed to love your neighbor different from serving because the commandment says you should?

Have you sensed this freedom to serve in your life?

What are some of the ways you have served?

What are some of the ways you could serve?

Lenten Mentoring 2013: Week 2

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself, any direction you choose.  You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go.”

Questions for Week 2:

When you are confirmed, your faith life becomes your own. It is yours to nurture and care for. Where will you steer it?

Where do you want it to steer  you?

What new experiences do we have as disciples of Christ?

Where does this journey of discipleship take us?

Can you think of other works of fiction where you see God?

Do you ever notice Christian themes in books you read?

Lenten Mentoring 2013: Week 1

Questions for Week 1:

Do you consider yourself a creator? Why or why not?

What are different ways people create?

How can we care for what God has created?

Look at the photos on page 6 of your Lenten Guidebook. Christ comes to us in many ways, not always in heavenly images, but in what is ordinary: flowing water, human skin, bread and wine, and nature. When you look at these pictures, can you see God in them?

What descriptions of God do they bring to mind? How do you relate to them?

What type of picture would you take to show God?

Remember this week to take a cell phone picture of where you see God and send it to Joni at joni@bethany-denver.org

Welcome to Lent 2013: All Things Being Made New – Experience God Through Art

Hello students and mentors:

On your journey through Lent 2013 one of the Wednesday evenings will involve gathering together in the computer lab to address the questions under ‘Caring Conversation’ in your Lenten Mentor/Student Guidebook through typing up your answers in our blog.

On the Tuesday morning prior we’ll put up the post with the questions and then on Wednesday evening you and your mentor can offer your contribution.

We look forward to hearing your thoughts.

Grace and peace on the journey of faith!

Lenten Mentoring: Week 5

Questions for Week 5:

What makes you feel like you belong? (To a family, God, an organization, etc.)

Do you see yourself in the story – the Bible?

What is your relationship like with your Bible?

Is there a Bible passage you have gotten different meanings from each time you use it? If so, what is it?

 

Again, all are welcome to follow along with the replies to these questions and join in and respond to what others are saying?